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A Former NYPD Detective's Take on the Mueller Investigation

A Former NYPD Detective's Take on the Mueller Investigation
Special counsel Robert Mueller (C) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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I’m looking at the Robert Mueller-led investigation from my point of view as a retired NYPD Detective and how I would go about it. I look at it purely from an evidentiary approach like all detectives do without any political bias.

Initially, I have to say that I am concerned about the relationship between Special Council Mueller and former FBI director Comey.

It’s been reported that they are very close friends and that Mueller should recuse himself for that conflict of interest. Mueller is also hiring many attorneys that are Clinton donors and supporters to be part of his team. Mueller has bipartisan support and I for one will rely on the integrity of Mr. Mueller to conduct a thorough and unbiased investigation. However, I do think that Mueller should also hire Republican-supporting attorneys as part of his team so that there will be no question or appearance of bias.

We also have to remember that it was Comey who testified that he leaked information to his Columbia Professor friend to inform The New York Times so that it would initiate a special prosecutor who turned out to be his best friend.

On June 8, James Comey testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee that if the FBI receives a credible allegation that there is some effort to co-opt, coerce, direct, employee covertly an American on behalf of the foreign power, that's the basis on which a counterintelligence investigation is opened. This should be the criteria utilized by the Special Council in the Russian Probe.

The key word in this statement is a "credible allegation." Mueller's team needs to ascertain if all the allegations that we have been hearing about in the press are “credible” and if they are not where does this investigation go and what does his team do? Unidentified sources have to be identified at least to Mueller's team to be able to ascertain if they are credible, and, another word, reliable! Which means that once identified the special counsel must identify how those sources obtained that information and so on.

This means that reporters must be subpoenaed by Mueller to identify their sources. For instance: The Washington Post reported the president was under investigation by Mueller for obstruction. Where did this come from and who was the source? Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, told Americans “to be skeptical about anonymous allegations” this was a red flag indicating to me that report was not reliable. To this date I have seen no credible evidence of Russian collusion between the president nor Attorney General Sessions.

If the special council is going to investigate the collusion story where is the smoke? Where do they start?

If Mueller’s team does not find the allegations of collusion credible the investigation should be dead. However, this is not likely to happen, there will be endless interviews and interrogations looking for collusion because the media who claimed unnamed sources will not give them up, if they really exist. Since this investigation concerns the security of the United States, Mueller must convene a Grand Jury to compel them to give up their sources and if not ask a judge to jail them until they do?

Most importantly will be his investigation into Russian hacking of the DNC servers and Russia’s attempted manipulation of the election. President Obama was well aware of Russian hacking and did not do much about it, so we know that there is plenty of evidence that this occurred.

Mueller must obtain a subpoena for the DNC computers/servers that were hacked by the Russians. This is a very important part of any Russia investigation. Mueller needs to ascertain if there was any connection with the DNC hackers and the Russians involved to manipulate our election. I cannot see any competent investigation leaving this important piece of evidence out of the equation. The integrity of this investigation depends on it!

On June 27, 2016 President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had an allegedly chance meeting on Lynch’s plane, on the tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Was it after this chance meeting that Comey met with Lynch where she informed him to use the term "matter" when looking into the Hillary email scandal? Now with new allegations regarding Comey testifying that he was directed by AG Lynch to utilize the word “matter” instead of “investigation” regarding the Hillary Clinton email server probe brings in to question the integrity of that investigation, Mueller must reopen this investigation. If he doesn’t then questions of bias will persist!

It could very well turn out that the Democrats will be the only ones hurt in this investigation and that their whole plan to destroy the Trump administration backfires on them. Democrats opened a Pandora’s Box that will be almost impossible to close and will take Mueller into the realm Democrats never thought would happen and now could be their worst nightmare.

Harry Houck is a CNN law enforcement analyst, retired NYPD Detective First Grade, and USMC veteran. Follow him on Twitter, @HarryJHouck, or Facebook. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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I’m looking at this investigation from my point of view as a retired NYPD Detective and how I would go about it.
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Friday, 30 June 2017 02:10 PM
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